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#1 YounGMessiah

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:15

Okay, so ive decided to leap into building a desktop for fun hehe..

Im pretty much understanding a lot, but the whole GPU ballpark is wild and I believe with the help of Neowin, I can decided what I will need.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (link)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 (link) **Also is this mobo suitable for SSDs?
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (link)

Thats all ive gotten too...

From what I read, in the GPU im looking for (since my motherboard will be able to support it):
Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16
Im leaning towards NVidia with the capability for SLI
Max memory (for now): 2GB
Memory interface: 256bit
Directx11 support
HMDI port at least one (not a mini)

I need assistance finding one fitting those criterias, im sure others can enlighten more so on what I need to focus on... Gah im just so lost when trying to shop for a GPU...

EDIT: Also could someone dumb down the whole combo cooling option to me thats available on the mobo?? Is it saying I can use smaller or larger fans?

ReEdit: Ive found this GPU which looks nice (link) - Galaxy 67NPH6DV5ZJX GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


#2 Wakers

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:25

Have you already bought the motherboard?

You've bought an overclocking CPU but you didn't list the correct motherboard type. You need a z77 series, really, so you can overclock and have a BIOS that has a decent feature set to support the CPU.

For the GPU, look at GTX 670 or 7950/70s from ATi.

#3 OP YounGMessiah

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:30

Havent bought anything yet and the motherboard is compatiable with the CPU 0.o

And honestly probably not looking into overclocking it, will let it do what it does; even if I do it wont be a far push.

Forgot to mention I will be using this desktop as a gaming module.
For games like Skyrim, Crysis, Starcraft, etc...

#4 Wakers

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:31

Yea, the motherboard is compatible but you're hamstringing yourself by getting the budget chipset. Z77s are much better plus they give you the option of overclocking down the line.

#5 OP YounGMessiah

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:35

Could you explain exactly what you are saying?
Are you just saying the z77 is better because of the options for overclocking and thats it, or is there other apparent reasons?

Edit: im looking at the z77 right now, its nice

ReEDIT: Big problem here bud, you gave me a board I cant use a dedicated GPU on; at least thats what I thought when they say "Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic"

#6 georgevella

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:50

link to motherboard? I think what you're reading means: "motherboard only supports a CPU with an integrated GPU" (or something along those lines)

#7 OP YounGMessiah

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:52

Yes what you said the motherboard only supports a CPU with an integrated GPU

Link: http://www.newegg.co...CFe9aMgod7wEAHQ

#8 georgevella

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:03

Yep, and that doesn't mean you can't install a dedicated GPU (in fact all reviews for that motherboard include a dedicated GPU).

Note: That motherboard also comes with a feature that allows the OS to switch to the dedicated GPU on a need by need basis - when you are in the desktop and doing light stuff, the integrated GPU in the CPU is in use, when you need to play something or load a GPU heavy tool, the dedicated GPU kicks in (disclaimer: I am not sure how good this works because I never tried it)

#9 OP YounGMessiah

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:05

Yep, and that doesn't mean you can't install a dedicated GPU (in fact all reviews for that motherboard include a dedicated GPU).

Note: That motherboard also comes with a feature that allows the OS to switch to the dedicated GPU on a need by need basis - when you are in the desktop and doing light stuff, the integrated GPU in the CPU is in use, when you need to play something or load a GPU heavy tool, the dedicated GPU kicks in (disclaimer: I am not sure how good this works because I never tried it)


Ahh okay, my roommate has a custom desktop and he said it has that technology; havent actually checked if it works good.. Im sure someone will confirm if it does or not and okay well thanks for that clearup as I was confused by those words above!


Edit: Wow after reading more into it, Wakers was right. That motherboard definately fits my style especially with the stuff I want to do later down the road..
Im liking this mobo!

Only thing is the bios is about the same as the motherboard I posted. And for $100 dollars more is it worth to have the ability like quoted above??
Another question tied to that is.. ACPI 1.1 is in the one I listed and ACPI 2.0a is the one Wakers suggested.. Power efficiency-wise, will it matter??

#10 Wakers

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:22

How is it 100$ more? A decent z77 should cost $100 on its own?

Are you using pcparticker.com?

EDIT:

Ah, you went for a Sabertooth. That's too far towards the high end, especially if you're not overclocking. Look at ASRocks Extreme 4 or 6, or Gigabyte's competing model.

#11 Luc2k

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 13:19

Havent bought anything yet and the motherboard is compatiable with the CPU 0.o

And honestly probably not looking into overclocking it, will let it do what it does; even if I do it wont be a far push.

Forgot to mention I will be using this desktop as a gaming module.
For games like Skyrim, Crysis, Starcraft, etc...


If the PC is for gaming, don't waste money on the i7. Get an i5 3570K (if you plan on overclocking) and put the difference towards a 7970. You'll get better performance in games this way.

As for the mobo, try to go with the latest chipset unless the price difference is big.

#12 OP YounGMessiah

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 19:25

How is it 100$ more? A decent z77 should cost $100 on its own?

Are you using pcparticker.com?

EDIT:

Ah, you went for a Sabertooth. That's too far towards the high end, especially if you're not overclocking. Look at ASRocks Extreme 4 or 6, or Gigabyte's competing model.


Ive asked you question regarding this mobo and you have yet to answer them, I dont see a major difference enough to get the z77 over the mobo I choose already. Ive tried to read up, but its all very simliliar to the mobo I choose, except that it is newer. Also that website does not exist.. And which z77 are you talking about?? A link to newegg or tiger direct would be preferable.


If the PC is for gaming, don't waste money on the i7. Get an i5 3570K (if you plan on overclocking) and put the difference towards a 7970. You'll get better performance in games this way.

As for the mobo, try to go with the latest chipset unless the price difference is big.


Hmmm could you explain to me why for the i5? Im not doubting you, I just prefer to hear some reasoning behind something suggested. It would seem feasible since its about $100 cheaper lol! Hmm they dont seem to have a 7970 that is 2GB PCIe 3 x16, if you could link to me one almost fitting the criteria above??

Reedit: Your answer would be Hyper-Threading, do I need it? Answer is no, so im going with the i5! Thanks mate you saved me $100

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:28

So im going to go with Luc2k's advice and bump down (well its not a bump down IMO lol) to the i5-3570K and getting this GPU instead (link).

The GPU is a
SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost
compared to a
Galaxy 67NPH6DV5ZJX GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

IMO that GPU is far more superior than the one I choose originally and only for $50 more.

Im still searching on a motherboard, but im quite content with the ASRock one above. I just need some answers to my questions above and I think I will be in good shape.

EDIT: Forget everything I said about the motherboard. Im going for this motherboard (link), a GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD4H.
Cooling is also now a major concern or should it be? I live in Colorado Springs if that makes any difference?

#14 Luc2k

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:01

Hmmm could you explain to me why for the i5? Im not doubting you, I just prefer to hear some reasoning behind something suggested. It would seem feasible since its about $100 cheaper lol! Hmm they dont seem to have a 7970 that is 2GB PCIe 3 x16, if you could link to me one almost fitting the criteria above??

Reedit: Your answer would be Hyper-Threading, do I need it? Answer is no, so im going with the i5! Thanks mate you saved me $100


Sorry, post was in a bit of a haste. Basically i7's advantage is very small, certainly not worth the price premium when it come to games. Any review will basically tell you this, but here's a quick comparison in any case. There's other things than HT going for the i7, but they don't make much difference, if any at all, for games.

As for the GPU, here's a round-up of the main 7970 cards in case you're curious.

#15 OP YounGMessiah

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:37

Yes I did exactly what you suggested and saw the i5 was very nice for $100 cheaper. Once again thanks.

Yes im getting the sapphire it looks oh so lovely!

Here is what my build will consist of:
CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz BX80637I53570K - $229.99
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Motherboards
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GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD4H - $164.99 | ATX Form: 12.0" x 9.6"
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GPUs
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SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB - 409.99
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Cooling
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N/A yet..
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Harddrives
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At least a 2TB SATA for now
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Memory
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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 - $99.99
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Power Supplies
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975W Gaming Fan Quiet ATX Power Supply SATA 12V - $64.59
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Tower
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In Win BUC - $110